Nursing Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you have a passion for taking care of people?

Would you enjoy treating and caring for patients, providing support to them and their families and educating patients and the public on health conditions?  Nursing is a high-paced, rewarding career that offers employment in many different health care areas including physician offices, hospitals, schools, travel nursing and many more.

If you’re interested in a career in nursing, our professors can help you develop the skills and gain the knowledge that you need to become a successful Registered Nurse. The Nursing Option, Liberal Arts A.A. will prepare you to continue your studies to work toward your Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN), which you can do here at Gulf Coast through the RN to BSN program once you obtain your RN license.

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GCSC Student

I was in the United States Air Force for 26 years and now I’m starting a new career. The nursing program at GCSC is one of the best in the state and I’m learning from dedicated, trained professionals. I know I’ll find the job I want when I graduate. That’s why I chose Gulf Coast.
– Registered Nurse

Who is eligible for the nursing Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the nursing Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

In addition to the general application, you will need to complete an application packet for the Associate Degree Nursing program. The packet includes a complete list of admission requirements and prerequisite course requirements.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
See General Education Requirement 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science CHM1032, Gen, Organic, Biochemistry or higher 3
Biological Science •BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012, Psychology 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
HUN1201, Nutrition 3
+MCB2004, Microbiology 3
MCB2004L, Microbiology Lab 1
DEP2004, Developmental Psychology 3
•SYG2000, Sociology 3
Electives 6



Most Florida BSN programs require a foreign language prior to entry.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 GCSC students in nursing lab

Nursing Labs

You’ll acquire the skills you need to be a successful Registered Nurse in Gulf Coast State College’s state-of-the-art nursing labs. They allow you to practice patient care in a realistic and safe environment.


Contact the Advisor

Martha Ruder
Coordinator, Nursing

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Department Chair

Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 3828